Next to Stuart Lake, this has to be one of the most glorious day trips in the area. This hike is challenging in that it is mostly up, and up, and up. However, the views at the lake are well worth the effort. Many great spots for swimming and snoozing. The trailhead is easily found from the parking area. The first part of the trail follows a creek for about one mile to a log footbridge. After the bridge the trail begins to climb, switchbacking its way up to a junction at 2.5 miles. Take the left trail (the right trail goes to Stuart Lake) and cross the creek. You will need to navigate over a large boulder field bearing to the right. The trail continues up with multiple switch backs. There is a beautiful view of a waterfall along the climb. Just prior to reaching the lake there are breath taking views of Mount Stuart. At 4.5 miles you will reach this incredible blue, shimmering alpine lake. Dogs are prohibited
Directions to Trailhead
Follow US Highway 2 West through Leavenworth and go left at the end of town on Icicle Road (follow signs to the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery, there is a large gas station at the corner). If you are traveling Eastbound on Highway 2 over Stevens Pass go right on Icicle Road when you first enter Leavenworth. Follow Icicle Road for 8.5 miles and go left onto dirt road 7601 (signs to Colchuck Lake). Follow this road for four miles to the trailhead.